28 Nov 2010

Right-side panels more or less done. They still need trimming, filing, and flanges along the top edges for the engine cover, but at least they’re basically finished. After these, progress will move along faster since the other panels don’t need as much work, plus I have a car-build vacation starting Wednesday 🙂

14 Nov 2010

Second side panel on. The fit-up is pretty good and the seam between the two is almost entirely hidden by the fender. A few people have asked, and for now simple side grills will let air into the engine compartment. The idea is that high-pressure air will be piling up ahead of the rear fenders and be willing to head into the engine area. After the car’s on the road, testing will find it it’s good enough, if not then scoops will be added. For now that’ll wait until the side panels are completely done and the fender in position before cutting the panel for the inlets.

13 Nov 2010

Only got a couple hours in, but the first side panel is tentatively done. Next panel will be its neighbor toward the front. The small triangular space where the C-clamp is presently is a nuisance to cover nicely with the curved panel, so it’ll become a “feature” by screening it over – leaving people to guess what it’s for. After these two left-side panels are done it means doing the mirror image panels on the right side. Doing any one panel is fun… something new and different. For these same reasons, doing another set is less fun.

Decided to change directions a bit with the taillights. While proper Lotus rectangular lights look fine on the fenders, the render posted earlier showing round lights on the rear grill looks so much nicer they’ll be used instead.

7 Nov 2010

Mocking up the side panels has finally begun. The trickiest are the ones on each side of the engine compartment, with the curve at the tops. After these are dealt with the rest should move along fairly quickly. My brother was at the metal yard yesterday and picked up most of the rest of the aluminum so that helps.

In other news, my manuscript reviewer had some pointy comments about some of the chapters. Though warned ahead of time, he’s finding how the chapters’ cohesiveness and structure decrease the further he gets. That’s because I write in a series of passes, get all the main points down, then keep rereading the chapter, adding more structure and fine tuning the content. Periodically I go back and start working through the entire manuscript from the start, but what always happens is getting distracted by a particular chapter that needs something. The result is that the passes through the manuscript are fewer further the further he reads, and is why reviews are needed. There’ll be numerous passes for structure, general content, spelling, grammar, and an engineering review of specifics. Writing a book is a really big time sink; I can’t help but wonder who spent more time on a book, me or J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter author)… and look at the difference in the two markets! Oh well, I enjoy the process, niche market or not.